Broadly, her research interests are in behavioral and sexually transmitted infections (STI) epidemiology. Much of Dr. Westmoreland’s research has focused on sexual behavior associated with HIV/STI risk and prevention including the role that social and structural contexts play in influencing sexual behavior. Her current research has more specifically focused on the intersection of alcohol/substance use and sexual health behavior culminating in her funded K01 Mentored Research Scientist Development Award focusing on the impacts of alcohol use and misuse on PrEP adherence. Additionally, Dr. Westmoreland has interests in the use of technology to conduct research and disseminate interventions to hard-to-reach populations, in LGBTQ+ health disparities, in applied social network analysis, and in survey research methodology (particularly response bias).Prior to joining the ISPH at CUNY, Dr. Westmoreland completed her doctorate in Epidemiology at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and her MSPH at the University of South Carolina. Her doctoral dissertation work, titled “Risky Business: Sexual health behaviors, butt stuff, & whether people will talk about it,” explored multi-level and longitudinal influences on sexual risk behaviors, factors related to heterosexual anal intercourse, and the continued usefulness of an older, yet popular, social desirability scale to account for social desirability bias in sexual health research.
Sexual Health; Behavioral Epidemiology; Network Analysis; Sexual and Gender Minorities; Substance and Alcohol Use